It’s exciting when you’re making plans with your squad but unless you actually execute them IRL, they’re pretty useless.
These days, the biggest ruiner of plans is none other than the rain! It leaves you with literally no choice but to cancel on your friends and stay at home with your pets instead (not the worst thing ever, but still).
If you’re tired of being locked up at home by the bad weather, here are 5 fun activities you can try even if it’s pouring cats and dogs in Metro Manila. Take that, rain!
1. Try your hand at archery at DMZ Archery Range
If the rain has you trapped inside the house but you still want to feel active somehow, it’s time for you to take up archery! It may not seem like you’re doing much, but the sport actually enhances strength, focus, coordination, and patience.
DMZ Archery Range is one of the most affordable of its kind in the metro. For only ₱200, you get unlimited arrows, equipment rental, and basic instructions! You even get to take home the target face as remembrance!
DMZ Archery Range can be found at #18 Mystic Rose Drive Sanville Subdivision Project 6 Quezon City, Philippines.
2. Watch an indie film at Cinema ‘76
While it might be your default to snuggle up in bed on a rainy day and binge-watch the newest K-drama, why don’t you change things up a bit? Support local talent instead and go watch an indie film at Cinema ‘76! The best part is you get a break from reading subtitles.
Furnished with comfy couches, this mini cinema house is much homier than the standard theaters in malls. It’s also much cheaper to watch a movie here, with ticket prices starting at ₱100 (sometimes you can even get in for free if you’re lucky!)
Cinema ‘76 can be found at 160 Luna Mencias St., Addition Hills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
3. Learn a thing or two at the National Museum of Natural History
If you want to be around nature but the weather’s being uncooperative, there’s one way around that. Hit up the newly-opened National Museum of Natural History! Not only is this elegant structure extremely IG-worthy, but it’s also filled with all sorts of beautiful natural artifacts.
Keep a lookout for Lolong’s skeleton, the largest crocodile to have ever lived in captivity. Other interesting finds here include taxidermied local specimens, botanical paintings, as well as a recreation of a mangrove forest.
National Museum of Natural History can be found at TM Kalaw Ave. cor. TF Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila.
4. Play the latest video games at High Grounds Cafe
Getting sucked into a good game is one of the best ways to kill time as you wait for the rain to blow over. If you want to take things to a whole new level, get your game face on at High Grounds Cafe, the country’s very first e-sports arena!
This place is no joke, equipped with only the best of Predator’s desktops. Though if you really want to feel like the pro gamer you’ve always dreamed of becoming, come in a group of 5 so you can rent one of their professional tournament booths!
High Grounds Cafe can be found at 67 Sct. Rallos St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
5. Fight virtual zombies at VR+
If you’ve watched Ready Player One and found the Oasis to be extremely cool, you’ll love it at VR+! Simply put on your head gear and be immediately transported to a different world. It’s the perfect way to forget about the gloomy weather!
It’s up to you which game you’d like to tackle but the most popular (and most stressful) choice is fighting off zombies. You even get realistic weapons and everything! Things can get pretty intense so don’t be surprised if you find yourself letting out a scream!
VR+ can be found on the 2/F of S Maison at Conrad Manila, Seaside Blvd. cor. Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila.